Makishi Market is located in a central part of Kokusai Dori Market, located in Naha, Okinawa. This market is much like the ones I’ve seen and taken photos at in Taiwan, though it was attached with restaurants that prepared your food and allowed you to eat your fresh fish as sashimi or a cooked dish.
While Taiwan doesn’t have a lack of things to photograph, sometimes I find myself getting bored with some of the same day-to-day street subjects and fear that I might get stale if I’m not searching at least one day a week for shots. Whenever I find myself nearing a funk, the Jhubei morning market on the north side of town rarely disappoints. These are from last weekend.
Don’t expect any posts for the somewhat distant future as I’m going on vacation starting Saturday! We’ll be leaving for Phnomh Penh, Cambodia and will travel to Siem Reap, home of Angkor Wat. We will be there for about 4 days. We will then get into a taxi or bus and head to Bangkok, Thailand for another few days before going to the beaches. Yuling and I are both very excited.
These were all taken in the past YEAR, as I’m digging through my hard drive looking for images that haven’t been processed. All are from Taipei, and were processed in the past two days.
These are from yet another visit to Jhubei’s market on Saturday. I’m torn when I visit this place – it’s great with all of the activity, yet so hard to capture due to the huge crowds that visit this place. I end up having to stick with the same perspectives in most cases so I don’t end up getting pushed out of the way!
Oh well, the fact is that I had a productive weekend with photos for a change. More to come soon!
Left: A frying pan salesman shows off his wares. I forgot to account for movement, and he looks like an amputee due to a blurred hand. Whoops.
Right: Frying pans, everywhere. I used black and white because there was very little difference compared to the colored version.
I could’ve lined this shot up better. The man who just hopped off of it seemed super excited that I was taking his food cart’s photo – unfortunately, I was about to get run over by a scooter, so I couldn’t spend more time with the shot.
…a shot “from the hip.” I like this method as it doesn’t draw attention to me. Of course, I get really weird angles. F/8 is a must for this method.
This is one of two fruit store that compete with each other at the opening to the road for the market. Sometimes I wonder how and if this fruit is all sold…
You can see me in the reflection in the larger version.
This one-man band was playing in Beipu while I visited with family last weekend. We just got back from a trip to Taipei and I will be posting as I sort through all the material.
Happy Monday, USA!
This girl was trying her luck at a lottery table in Hsinchu yesterday, marking the first day of the lunar year in Chinese culture. It’s a good day to test your good fortune, and the lottery vendors are certainly out in full force this time of year.
I’ve always liked seeing contrasts in photography, and given my background in history, I’ve always liked to see the mix of old and new. Taiwan is full of this, and I saw this in a glimpse as a Domino’s Pizza delivery driver moved along through a crowded traditional Jhubei market last weekend.
In the US, it’s not uncommon for schoolkids to not know where their chicken/beef/whatever it is might come from. In these markets (and on the farms in Taiwan), it’s quite obvious. Instead of having an industrial farm grow your food and purchasing it from a middleman, you can go to these weekly markets where just about anything grown in Taiwan is directly sold to you. Mix that with a pizza delivery chain that everyone knows and I think you have an interesting study in globalization here.
A lot of people groan when I mention McDonald’s, Domino’s or the like. I have to say I have a soft spot for both, even though I came to Taiwan wanting to explore the cuisine. And I have explored the cuisine. However, there comes a point where any resemblance of home – even processed food with a very predictable flavor – is very appetizing. Says a lot for someone who used to/makes fun of people who visit NYC Times Square from across the US to go to TGI Fridays.
With Chinese New Year coming (and family visiting), this blog will be taking a break after tomorrow. I’ll be returning with plenty of material, or at least I hope to do so…
These were taken yesterday as Yuling and I explored Hsinchu’s main temple market, which takes place early in the day and like the Jhubei market I’ve written about a few times, sells mostly fresh vegetables, meat, fish, and clothing.
We had a “brunch” at our regular meatball stand as usual – though I was thinking of vegetarianism as an option after checking this place out. If you’re a vegetarian, I apologize :)
New Year’s Eve was celebrated in Jhubei just a few feet away from my apartment. Since it was impossible to miss, I joined in and was pretty impressed with the night’s entertainment. This week, I’ll be posting some photos of pretty well-known Taiwanese pop stars, though I’ll have to run them by Yuling to make sure I know who/what I’m talking about.
Here are some shots from the night market taking place across the street from the main stage. I’ll start uploading shots of the actual show tomorrow.
Today, Yuling and I went into the older part of Jhubei to visit the traditional market – an experience that predates how people got food prior to Carrefour or 7-11. While I did not buy anything (Yuling did get a rice cake), it was full of great subject material – a frustrating fact since there was very little room to stop and take a picture.